The Number Devil

A Mathematical Adventure

Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Publisher: Granta

ISBN: 9781847080530

Category: Children's stories

Page: 262

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Essential reading for anyone, of any age, who has ever been mystified by maths.
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The Number Devil

A Mathematical Adventure

Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781862078284

Category: Children's stories

Page: 264

View: 6660

Twelve-year-old Robert hates his maths teacher. He sets his class boring problems and won't let them use their calculators. Then in his dreams Robert meets the Number Devil who brings the subject magically to life, illustrating with wit and charm a world in which numbers can amaze and fascinate, where maths is nothing like the dreary, difficult process that so many of us dread. The Number Devil knows how to make maths devilishly simple.
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Where Were You, Robert?

Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780141306803

Category: Time travel

Page: 252

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Fifteen-year-old Robert is a dreamer: one evening his eyes blur over and he literally disappears. Robert has become a time traveller, but with little control over his ability he seems doomed to wander forever - until he appears in 17th-century Amsterdam and finds a slim chance of returning home.
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Fatal Numbers

Why Count on Chance

Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Publisher: Upper West Side Philosophers Incorporated

ISBN: 9781935830016

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 51

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Literary Nonfiction. Philosophy. Economics & Statistics. Translated from the German by Karen Leeder. Acclaimed poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hans Magnus Enzensberger takes a fresh, sobering look at our faith in statistics, our desire to predict the future, and our dependence on fortuitousness. Tracing the interface between chance and probability in medical diagnostics, risk models, economics, and the fluctuations of financial markets, FATAL NUMBERS goes straight to the heart of what it means to live, plan, and make decisions in a globalized, digitized, hyperlinked, science-driven, and uncertain world. Foreword by Gerd Gigerenzer. Illustrations by David Fried.
Posted in Business & Economics

A Certain Ambiguity

A Mathematical Novel

Author: Gaurav Suri,Hartosh Singh Bal

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400834778

Category: Fiction

Page: 296

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While taking a class on infinity at Stanford in the late 1980s, Ravi Kapoor discovers that he is confronting the same mathematical and philosophical dilemmas that his mathematician grandfather had faced many decades earlier--and that had landed him in jail. Charged under an obscure blasphemy law in a small New Jersey town in 1919, Vijay Sahni is challenged by a skeptical judge to defend his belief that the certainty of mathematics can be extended to all human knowledge--including religion. Together, the two men discover the power--and the fallibility--of what has long been considered the pinnacle of human certainty, Euclidean geometry. As grandfather and grandson struggle with the question of whether there can ever be absolute certainty in mathematics or life, they are forced to reconsider their fundamental beliefs and choices. Their stories hinge on their explorations of parallel developments in the study of geometry and infinity--and the mathematics throughout is as rigorous and fascinating as the narrative and characters are compelling and complex. Moving and enlightening, A Certain Ambiguity is a story about what it means to face the extent--and the limits--of human knowledge.
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A History of Clouds

99 Meditations

Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger,Martin Chalmers,Esther Kinsky

Publisher: Seagull Books Pvt Ltd

ISBN: 9781906497453

Category: Poetry

Page: 137

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In these 99 meditations, poet and novelist Hans Magnus Enzensberger celebrates the tenacity of the normal and routine in everyday life, where the survival of the objects we use without thinking—a pair of scissors, perhaps—is both a small, human victory and a quiet reminder of our own ephemeral nature. He sets his quotidian reflections against a broad historic and political backdrop—the cold war and its accompanying atomic threat, the German student revolt, would-be socialism in Cuba, China, and Africa, and World War II as experienced by the youthful poet. Enzensberger’s poems are conversational, skeptical, and serene; they culminate in the extended set of observations which gives the collection its title. Clouds, alien and yet symbols of human life, are for Enzensberger at once a central metaphor of the Western poetic tradition and “the most fleeting of all masterpieces.” “Cloud archaeology,” writes Enzensberger, is “a science for angels.” Praise for the German edition “After reading this wonderful volume of poetry one would like to call Enzensberger simply the lyric voice of transience.”— Sueddeutsche Zeitung “With this book Enzensberger reveals himself both as a spokesman of persistence and as a decelerator.”—Neue Zuercher Zeitung
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The Adventures of Penrose, the Mathematical Cat

Author: N.A

Publisher: Wide World Pub Tetra

ISBN: N.A

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 114

View: 4879

Penrose the cat explores and experiences a variety of mathematical concepts, including infinity, the golden rectangle, and impossible figures.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

Civil Wars

From L. A. to Bosnia

Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781565842090

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 686

In "Civil Wars," Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Germany's most astute literary and political critic, chronicles the global changes taking place as the result of evolving notions of nationalism, loyalty, and community. Enzensberger sees similar forces at work around the world, from America's racial uprisings in Los Angeles to the outright carnage in the former Yugoslavia. He argues that previous approaches to class or generational conflict have failed us, and that we are now confronted with an "autism of violence" a tendency toward self-destruction and collective madness.
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Wonders of Numbers

Adventures in Mathematics, Mind, and Meaning

Author: Clifford A. Pickover

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195348002

Category: Mathematics

Page: 417

View: 3870

Who were the five strangest mathematicians in history? What are the ten most interesting numbers? Jam-packed with thought-provoking mathematical mysteries, puzzles, and games, Wonders of Numbers will enchant even the most left-brained of readers. Hosted by the quirky Dr. Googol--who resides on a remote island and occasionally collaborates with Clifford Pickover--Wonders of Numbers focuses on creativity and the delight of discovery. Here is a potpourri of common and unusual number theory problems of varying difficulty--each presented in brief chapters that convey to readers the essence of the problem rather than its extraneous history. Peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify the problems, Wonders of Numbers also includes fascinating "math gossip." How would we use numbers to communicate with aliens? Check out Chapter 30. Did you know that there is a Numerical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? You'll find it in Chapter 45. From the beautiful formula of India's most famous mathematician to the Leviathan number so big it makes a trillion look small, Dr. Googol's witty and straightforward approach to numbers will entice students, educators, and scientists alike to pick up a pencil and work a problem.
Posted in Mathematics

Fractals, Googols, and Other Mathematical Tales: The Book

Author: Theoni Pappas

Publisher: Wide World Pub Tetra

ISBN: N.A

Category: Mathematics

Page: 55

View: 3576

A new treasure trove of stories that make mathematical ideas come to life with an unusual cast of characters. This book explores mathematical concepts and topics such as real numbers, exponents, dimensions, and geometry in both serious and humorous ways. 50 line drawings.
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A Gebra Named Al

Author: Wendy Isdell

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1365981002

Category:

Page: N.A

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Winner of multiple awards for educational fiction as well as quality fantasy, this charming story brings us the adventures of Julie in the Land of Mathematics. Julie is a young teen who struggles with her homework, especially math, until a mysterious Imaginary Number leads her into Mathematics. There she meets Al the gebra (who is like a zebra), and horses who represent elements on the Periodic chart. She sets off on a quest to find her way home, and in the process, learns the foundations of algebra and chemistry. Join Julie in her journey through Mathematics, where the Orders of Operations are actual places and chemistrees are real plants with atomic fruit. Will Julie ever get home? Written when the author was age fourteen, this work of fiction has been used in various school systems throughout the U.S to help supplement cross-curriculum learning. It can also be enjoyed as light fantasy reading.
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The Further Adventures of Penrose, the Mathematical Cat

Author: Theoni Pappas

Publisher: Wide World Pub Tetra

ISBN: N.A

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 117

View: 3819

An illustrated tale about the adventures of a mathematical cat; introducing the concept of pi, symmetry, and multiplication through a series of puzzles, games, charts, worksheets, and tables.
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

Zig Zag

The Politics of Culture and Vice Versa

Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781565844360

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 342

View: 5106

Witty and engaging essays from the writer hailed as the equal of George Orwell and Edmund Wilson. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "that most rambunctious of all critics--an iconoclast," Hans Magnus Enzensberger is the leading German social critic of his generation. For more than forty years, Enzensberger's engaging and witty essays have won acclaim worldwide. "Zig Zag" presents Enzensberger's most recant work along with his most important essays. Covering a wide range of contemporary politics and culture, the book includes Enzensberger's provocative essays on such topics as the parallels between Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein and the recurrence of fascism in Western Europe. "Zig Zag" also features Enzensberger's classic pieces on contemporary culture, a fascinating recent study of the transformation of luxury, and an amusing "obituary for fashion," in which Enzensberger laments Western style's decline into a kind of studied casualness. "Zig Zag" shows us why Enzensberger has become the master of cultural criticism, with work that never fails to surprise and to provoke.
Posted in Literary Collections

Multiplying Menace

The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin

Author: Pam Calvert

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing

ISBN: 1570918902

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 3566

Ten years after being tricked, Rumpelstiltskin returns to the royal family to wreak vengeance using multiplication. Includes nonfiction math notes about multiplying by whole numbers and by fractions.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

Lighter Than Air

Moral Poems

Author: N.A

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Poetry

Page: 101

View: 6799

As well as being Germany's most important poet, Enzensberger is a provocative cultural essayist and one of Europe's leading political thinkers. 'Lighter Than Air', his latest collection of moral poems, weighs lightness against seriousness.
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Math Curse

Author: Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith

Publisher: Viking Adult

ISBN: 9780670062997

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 5228

When the teacher tells her class that they can think of almost everything as a math problem, one student acquires a math anxiety which becomes a real curse.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

Author: Cindy Neuschwander

Publisher: Charlesbridge

ISBN: 1607341514

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 2413

Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and Radius are back in their second Math Adventure! This time, a potion has changed Sir Cumference into a fire-breathing dragon. Can Radius change him back? Join Radius on his quest through the castle to solve a riddle that will reveal the cure. It lies in discovering the magic number that is the same for all circles.
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Devil's Pocket

Author: John Dixon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476738661

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Phoenix Island, which reads like “Lord of the Flies meets Wolverine and Cool Hand Luke” (F. Paul Wilson, creator of Repairman Jack) and inspired the CBS TV show Intelligence. With a chip in his head and hundreds more throughout his body, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman was turned from an orphan with impulse control issues into a super-soldier. Forced into the mercenary Phoenix Force group, he begins to fear he’ll never escape. Sent to a volcanic island to fight for them, he’ll compete in a combat tournament that awards teens with survival for merciless brutality. But just when all looks lost, he spies a friendly face…and possibly a way out.
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Math Talk

Mathematical Ideas in Poems for Two Voices

Author: Theoni Pappas

Publisher: Wide World Pub Tetra

ISBN: 9780933174740

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 71

View: 505

Presents mathematical ideas through poetic dialogues intended to be read by two people.
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction